"I Am An Italian - American"
"I am an Italian American, my roots are deep in an ancient soil, drenched by the Mediterranean Sun and watered by the pure streams from snow-capped mountains.
I am enriched by thousands of years of culture.
My hands are those of the mason, the Artist ,the man of the soil, My thoughts have been recorded in the annals of Rome, the poetry of Virgil, the Creation of Dante and the philosophy of Bennedetto Croce.
I am an Italian American and from the ancient world, I first spanned the seas to the New World .
I am Cristoforo Colombo. I am Giovanni Caboto, known as John Cabot, discoverer of the mainland of North America.
I am Amerigo Vespucci who gave my name to the New World, America.
First to sail on the Great Lakes in 1679 , founder of the Territory that became The State of Illinois, colonizer of Louisiana and Arkansas, I am Enrico Tonti.
I am Filippo Mazzei, friend of Thomas Jefferson, and my thesis on equality of men was written into the Bill of Rights. I am William Paca , signer of the Declaration of Independence. I am an Italian American.
I am an Italian American. I financed the Northwest Expedition of George Rogers Clark and accompanied him through the lands that would become Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.
I am Colonel Francesco Vigo. I am Giacomo Beltrami, discoverer of the source of the Mississippi River in 1823.
I am Enrico Fermi, Father of the nuclear science in America. First enlisted man to win the Medal of Honor in World War II ,
I am John Basilone of New Jersey, I am an Italian American.
I am The Million strong who served in America's armies and the tens of thousands who’s Names are enshrined in military cemeteries from Guadalcanal to the Rhine.
I am the Steel maker in Pittsburgh, The grower in the Imperial Valley of California, the textile designer in Manhattan, the moviemaker in Hollywood, the homemaker and breadwinner in over 10,000 communities.
I am an American without stint or reservation, loving this land as only one who understands history; its agonies and its triumphs can love and serve it.
I will not be told that my contribution is any less, nor my role not as worthy as that of any other American.
I will stand in support of this nation's freedom and promise against all foes.My heritage has dedicated me to this nation.
I am proud of my full heritage, and I shall remain worthy of it
I am "Enrico Laprarie" I am an Italian American. "
Esquire Angelo Bianchi